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Hitting the streets of San Fernando in the Chevy looking to do a little off-roading. 

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When Tavern picked up this truck it wouldn't even run. But with some automotive knowledge and a little elbow grease he was able to breath some life into this once dead vehicle. For most this would be a family vehicle or some daily driver. Not the case for this Chevy. Now that he has the truck running it has remained  under construction toward becoming a beastly off-roading machine.

We hit the trails out on the back side of El Cariso park. The truck handled the steep hills and rocky terrain with no problems. Taverns years of off-roading expierence made running this track a breeze. Coming from the central coast where it's all about driving the dunes in Oceano this was a welcomed change.  I took this photo at ISO 400, f/4.0, and 1/800sec with my 50mm prime. I also positioned myself on a higher vantage point to photograph the truck, and crouched down to get a view from down under. My camera was set to a continuous focus to keep the grill sharp while moving. 

Have you ever been off-roading or taken photos while out on the dirt track. Let me know in the comment section below Also If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

Devin Physique Looses Shredz Sponsor

Shredz CEO Arvin Lal dismisses Devin as a Sheredz Athlete

 

To summarize the video Arvin discussed his company and their goals within the fitness community. While also making a public statement about the waves of negative feed back Devin had been bringing the brand. His ultimate decision was to end professional ties with Devin effective on the day of the video post.

The deception goes a lot farther than manipulating a few images in photoshop.  Devin is accused of holding 30day challenges with fake winners.  To be entered into his challenge he asks that you pay for his meal and workout plan.  The winners in the end however are found to be fake.

Being that this trial is being held by the court of the internet Im not sure what financial repercussions Devin will receive, and what restitution his clients can expect.  I see Arvin's stance to cut ties on their business relationship is a positive one. 

People will always find a way to take advantage of others. The business of scamming people is one that has been around for generations. In the fitness world their is big business in the selling of suplements with an endless amount of people who want a quick solution to achieving their fitness goals. Instead of looking to the Internet or fitness icons, ask someone in your gym. More often than not they will tell you about the protein or pre workout they take, but at the root you will hear it takes time and hard work. 

  ( At this time their is no video, post, or statement from Devin in response to his dismissal)

 ( At this time their is no video, post, or statement from Devin in response to his dismissal)

What are your thoughts? Did Arvin make the right call? Will this impact the fitness community and how they advertise products? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

Baby Announcement Photos

How to be creative with your baby announcement photos?

 

It's a boy!!! 

It's a boy!!! 

    A pregnancy is a very exciting time. Especially if it is your first baby. Nothing is more thrilling than finding out if you will be welcoming a boy or a girl into the world.

    Online you will find a million creative ways to announce your baby to your family, friends, and even the world. Here is one example of ours.  

    We were quick to tell our parents the good news. Taking them to breakfast, and then surprise!!! Your gonna be a grandparent!!! The phone calls to our siblings quickly followed after that. Then was the all important disclaimer that everyone keep quiet until we felt we were ready to tell our friends, and employers. 

    Deciding on a photo for our online announcement took a lot longer. I scrolled through Pinterest, and Google images for ideas. Ultimately I decided to keep it simple with a photo of some little shoes. Photos are great in the since that no one really knows the behind the scenes stuff involved in creating your image. So for the "we're expecting"  picture we headed to Kohls with a camera, and grabbed a few quick photos with some shoes on display.

We're expecting!!! 

We're expecting!!! 

   Durring this time it was too early to know the gender.  So for the editing direction I decided to go with black and white. I wanted a dramatic look so I masked a lot of the un appealing background with shadow and vignette. Focusing the eye on the shoes. I centered my image and converting the aspect ratio to a 16:9 for a cinematic crop.

    It was durring the 20th week when we got the news from the Dr. We again went through the who to tell list. Parents, siblings, friends and finally ending with a social network post.

   For that photo I already knew I would use the same image. I opened it up in Photoshop. Selected the area of the shoe that would have the color, added a new color fill layer, and layer masked out my selection so that it was visible only on the shoes. I then went into the layer blend mode and selected color. This brought out the texture of the canvas on the shoe, and made it look as if the shoes were naturally that color. Here is where the creativity becomes your own. You could easily go to converse website and see all of the colors they have available to get a spot on match or you can do like me and go with a shade you like. Blue was the color I was working with and I made adjustments to the hue and saturation until it was both visually appealing to me and got the final thumbs up from the mommy to be.

    How about you? Heve you taken any baby announcement photos? When did you take yours, and what was your inspiration? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.  

Devin Physique's Message to Fans

When is using Photoshop ok? and when is it being deceptive?

    Today Devin came clean to his fans about altering his social media photos. In the video below he makes his apology and touches on allegations of scamming people.

Scamming and Photo altering aside the question remains. When is using photoshop acceptable? What is too much and what is commonly acceptable?  If you're photographing a person for fitness photos more often than not the photos don't end up looking the way you saw them. As a photographer I edit the image to display the way I saw it. Altering highlights, shadows, boosting colors, and adjusting contrast to fit my vision and style of editing.  I don't feel these things cross the line. When your making those adjustments you're manipulating data or information in the photo that was already there.  The subject and lighting play a huge roll in how much or how little you need to edit.

    Altering the physical appearance of a subject:

Here is the grey area. I feel that in the fitness community if you are advertising a product and in this ad you or the sponsor claim or imply the physique on display is a result of using those products then that is deception. Bringing in the love handles or increasing the size of your quads don't sell honest results. However I do think that if you are self promoting or using the images to inspire then it's really on your moral compass at that point. People need inspiration and those in the fitness community fluctuate their diets and have off days where a little trim and tuck here or their isn't that big of a deal to me.  There is also the argument on who is at fault for making alterations. The company paying the athlete for the photos and making the changes or the athlete making the changes on their own.  That's just my two cents.

    What do you think? Heve you altered any fitness photos?  How much photoshop is too much? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.